4 Ways to Have Fun in the Shade This Summer

June 1, 2023 Outdoor Living

As the weather starts to warm up, spending time outdoors becomes more and more appealing. But with the sun beating down on you, it’s difficult to enjoy your outdoor living space without some form of shade. Fortunately, there are several options available for shade structures that can help you make the most of your patio or outdoor living area:

Temporary Fixes

Umbrellas

A popular choice for smaller spaces, umbrellas are portable and can easily be moved to where they are needed most. They come in a variety of sizes, colors, and materials, making it easy to find one that matches your style and needs. However, they’re not always the most practical choice for larger areas and have a tendency to blow over on a windy day if not properly anchored.

Awnings

Another popular option for outdoor living spaces, awnings are typically attached to the side of a house or building and can be extended or retracted as needed. Awnings come in a variety of materials, including canvas, acrylic, and vinyl, and can be customized to match the style of your home. This is a nice choice for providing shade over a larger area and can even be equipped with features like lighting or heating for added comfort. Temporary awnings primarily focus on providing shade and may have limited functionality compared to permanent options. For instance, they may not offer additional features like motorized operation, integrated lighting, or sensors for automatic retraction.

Canopies

Another option for shade structures that are both practical and stylish, canopies can be freestanding or attached to a structure and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Canopies can be made from a variety of materials, including fabric, metal, or wood, and can be customized to match your style and needs. However, temporary canopies may not offer the same level of stability as permanent structures. They often rely on lightweight frames and temporary anchoring methods, which may not be as secure. This can be a concern in windy areas or during storms.

Permanent Structures

Patio Covers

This is a more permanent option for shade structures, as patio covers are typically attached to the home or a standalone structure. They come in a variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, and vinyl, and can be customized to match the style of your home. Patio covers provide ample shade and protection from the elements, making them a great choice for outdoor living spaces that are used frequently. 

Permanent patio covers can also offer more than just shade. They can be designed to accommodate additional features such as integrated lighting, ceiling fans, heating elements, or even outdoor kitchens. This expands the functionality of your patio and allows you to enjoy it throughout different seasons. Working with TCP’s expert team ensures you’re getting a patio cover the exact way you want it, using only the best materials possible.

Ultimately, the choice of shade structure for your outdoor living space will depend on your individual needs and preferences. With the right shade structure in place, you can make the most of your outdoor living space all year round.

Cheers to Building an Outdoor Bar: The Ultimate Patio Upgrade

May 9, 2023 Outdoor Living

Crafted from durable materials, outdoor bars usually feature ample countertop space, built-in sinks for easy clean-up, and convenient storage cabinets for glassware and drinks. These additions can be perfect for entertaining friends and family on warm summer evenings. If you’re considering building an outdoor bar for your patio, here are some benefits to keep in mind.

Made to Entertain

First and foremost, an outdoor bar is a perfect space to entertain guests. It’s an ideal spot to gather with friends and family for a drink, some snacks, and great conversation. You can create an inviting atmosphere by adding some comfortable outdoor seating, lighting, and décor that fits your personal style. Plus, an outdoor bar allows you to keep the party going even after the sun goes down.

Adds Value

Another benefit of an outdoor bar is that it can increase the overall value of your home. Outdoor living spaces have become increasingly popular in recent years, and having a well-designed outdoor living space with an outdoor bar can be a major selling point for potential buyers. The most important value it adds is a great new feature to your backyard and new memories that will last a lifetime.

Made to Fit Your Needs

Outdoor bars are also versatile and can be customized to fit your specific needs. You can choose from a variety of materials and designs, depending on your style and budget. For example, if you’re going for a more rustic look, you can opt for a bar made of wood or stone. On the other hand, if you prefer a modern look, you can choose a sleek metal design. Additionally, you can choose to add features like a built-in sink, a mini-fridge, or a grill to create the perfect outdoor entertaining space.

Enjoy the Outdoors

Lastly, building an outdoor bar can encourage you to spend more time outdoors. Being outside has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including reducing stress and improving mood. With an outdoor bar, you’ll have a designated space to relax and unwind after a long day.

Building an outdoor bar for your patio can enhance your overall outdoor living experience. From entertaining guests to increasing your home’s value, an outdoor bar is a versatile and valuable addition to any patio. So, whether you’re building a new patio or updating your preexisting one, consider adding an outdoor bar to create the perfect outdoor entertaining space.

5 Reasons Why an Outdoor Bathroom Should Be Included in Your Outdoor Living Room Addition

May 4, 2023 Outdoor Living

When creating the ultimate outdoor oasis, an outdoor bathroom can add a touch of luxury and convenience. Having a bathroom outdoors not only adds value to your home but also provides additional comfort and convenience. In this blog, we’ll explore the benefits of building an outdoor bathroom and why it could be the perfect addition to your patio.

Convenience

One of the primary benefits of an outdoor bathroom is its convenience. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply relaxing in your outdoor space, an outdoor bathroom eliminates the need to go back and forth between the indoor bathroom and the patio. This gives you complete freedom to enjoy the outdoors.

Privacy

Another great benefit of an outdoor bathroom is the added privacy it offers. When you’re hosting guests, an outdoor bathroom can provide a level of privacy that you may not have with an indoor bathroom. This added privacy can help your guests feel more comfortable and at ease, making your outdoor space more inviting and enjoyable.

Design Options

When it comes to designing your outdoor bathroom, the options are endless. From sleek and modern to rustic and charming, you can create a design that complements your patio and fits your style. In addition, you can choose from various materials, such as stone, wood, or concrete, to create a look that seamlessly blends in with your outdoor space.

Fitting Your Needs

Not only can an outdoor bathroom fit the design of your backyard, but they can also be designed to fit the needs of your space. If you have a pool, you can add a non-slip floor and a shower to wash off. If you have pets in your household, you can add a basin to make washing them a breeze. Whatever you use your backyard for, there’s an outdoor addition that can fit your needs best.

Increase Home Value

Adding an outdoor bathroom to your patio can also increase the value of your home. Outdoor living spaces are becoming increasingly popular, and a well-designed outdoor bathroom can be a significant selling point for potential buyers. Not only does it add an extra level of convenience and luxury, but it also shows that you’ve invested in your home and are committed to creating an enjoyable outdoor living space.

An outdoor bathroom is an excellent addition to any backyard. It provides convenience, privacy, and adds value to your home. With so many design options, you can create a space tailored to your style and complement your outdoor living space. If you’re considering adding an outdoor bathroom to your patio, work with a professional patio company to ensure the design and construction are done to the highest standards.

4 Ways to Make the Most of Your Pool Space

April 26, 2023 Outdoor Living

Looking to make the most of your backyard but don’t have much space around your pool? There are plenty of ways to make the most of your pool area. Here’s a few tips for maximizing your outdoor living space:

Shape your pool

If you’re building a new pool for fun in the sun, consider the shape carefully as the size of your backyard will likely be the biggest factor in what type of pool you choose. Freeform or kidney-shaped pools can provide a more natural, organic look, but often come at a cost of taking up more space. Rectangular or square pools can be installed on almost any sized property. A spool, or a combination spa/pool can also create a relaxing area for guests to enjoy the summer and maximize the space around the pool.

Use vertical space

If you’re working with limited space, use vertical space to your advantage. Install a fence or privacy wall around the pool area or create a vertical garden to make a natural privacy screen. This not only provides space and privacy but adds a beautiful visual element to your pool area. Check out our previous blog on privacy walls and vertical gardens.

Choose the best furniture

When you’re adding furniture to your pool area, choose pieces that are equal parts functional and stylish. This could mean selecting compact pieces that can be easily moved or folding chairs that can be stored when they’re not being used. Additionally, adding built-in seating around the pool area is a great way to maximize space while providing seating for guests.

Add lighting to set it aglow

Outdoor lighting can create a beautiful ambiance in your pool area. Add string lights, lanterns, or other outdoor lighting fixtures to the space to create a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests and extend the use of your pool area well into the evening.

With a little planning and creativity, you can create a pool area that is both beautiful and practical for your needs.

7 Ways to Keep Your Patio Clean Year-Round

April 17, 2023 Outdoor Living

There’s never a bad time to prepare your patio for outdoor fun and entertainment. Whether you’re cleaning after a long winter or just sprucing things up, here are a few tips to keep your patio looking pristine:

Start Sweeping

The first step in cleaning your patio is removing accumulated outdoor remnants over the months. Use a broom or leaf blower to sweep away leaves, twigs, and other debris. This gives you a clear surface to work on.

Wash With a Pressure Washer

A pressure washer is an effective tool for cleaning patios and cedar fences. It can remove dirt, grime, and stains from concrete, pavers, and other surfaces. Start by rinsing the patio with water, then use the pressure washer to clean the surface. However, if you have to spray your deck, make sure to use a low-pressure setting, or it will chip away the paint used to color the surface.

Use a Cleaning Solution

For stubborn stains, a cleaning solution can help break down the dirt and grime. Many patio cleaning solutions are available on the market, like Scott’s Outdoor Patio & Deck Cleaner. Check out our blog for more options on cleaning your patio

Prune Those Plants

Now that spring has sprung and the weeds are starting to grow like, well, weeds, it’s time to get your garden back in tip-top shape. Pull out those weeds and remove any dead plants that sadly didn’t make it through the winter. For more tips on gardening, check out our blog.

Cleaning Your Outdoor Kitchen

For outdoor kitchen surfaces like stone countertops, a mix of dish soap and water will do the trick, just make sure your cleaning concoction isn’t acidic since acid will stain and damage your stone. Stainless steel countertops can also be washed with dish soap and water, just make sure to dry the water off since permanent water spots can form if left untreated.

Keep Your Grill Clean

Grills can be a bit tricky to clean since many soaps or detergents can affect the taste of your food. However, many grilling brands like Traeger and Weber have their own branded cleaners that are sure to keep your grill in tip-top shape. With some cleaner and a wire brush, you’ll be ready to go for grilling season.

Tidying Up Ceiling Fans

Besides keeping you cool on summer days, ceiling fans are really great at collecting dust and dirt. Luckily, there are plenty of microfiber dusters with extended handles, meaning you won’t have to break out the ladder. Just make sure to move your furniture out of the way so no dust bunnies land on them, and just a quick reminder, please turn your fan off before cleaning.

By following these tips, you can get your patio looking great in no time. If you’re considering upgrading your outdoor living space or building one from scratch, contact TCP Custom Outdoor Living for a consultation. We can help you design a great outdoor space and provide professional installation services.

Project of the Month: April 2023

April 13, 2023 Outdoor Living

This home had a worn-out pergola that didn’t provide any shade. The family wanted to have a nicer space to hang out while using the pool, as well as protection from bugs and mosquitoes. 

The new screened-in patio is about 430 SF with a gabled roof and a vaulted ceiling. The knee walls are brick and painted to match the home, and we used Hardie trim to finish the screened area. We built an 8’ kitchen that’s the perfect size for prepping and serving. The silver-gray counter is from Instyle Granite and Marble. All of the appliances are from Cunningham Gas, including a 38” grill, vent hood, storage, and an outdoor fridge. The kitchen is faced with painted brick, and the flooring is concrete. 

The fireplace at the end of the screened porch is a 42” gas insert with a herringbone pattern from Perfection Fireplace. It is faced with painted brick and has a raised hearth. The ceiling is Woodtone Real Soffit pre-stained tongue and groove in West Coast IPA. 

This screened porch gives the family the needed room and ability to enjoy their backyard. Picture yourself wrapped up in a blanket with a glass of wine in front of the fire while a steak is grilling. Pure perfection.

Let the Games Begin: 5 Backyard Games to Enjoy On Your Patio

March 9, 2023 Outdoor Living

As the weather warms up, many people are looking for ways to enjoy their outdoor living spaces. Whether you’re planning on upgrading your existing patio or building a new one, adding games can be a fun way to make the space more inviting. Here are five games for playing on your patio in the spring and summer.

Cornhole

Cornhole is a classic tailgate game to play in your backyard. The game involves tossing bean bags at a raised platform with a hole in it to get as many bags on the platform or in the hole as possible. The game can be played with two or four players and doesn’t require much space.

Ladder Ball

Like cornhole, ladder ball is another tossing game that doesn’t require too much space or materials. The game involves tossing bolas (two golf balls attached by a string) at a ladder-shaped target while trying to wrap the bolas around the ladder’s rungs. The game can be played with two or four players, and it is easy to learn but challenging to master. 

Spikeball

Spikeball is a newer game that has gained popularity due to its fast pace and fun gameplay. The game involves bouncing a small ball off a circular net on the ground to get the other team to miss or hit it out of bounds. Spikeball can be played with two or four players and can be a great workout for the whole family. Spikeball sets are available online and in stores, and their portability lets you take them anywhere.

Billiards

If you have room on your patio, billiards is a classic social game to enjoy with friends and family. With many types of games like 8 Ball, 9 Ball, and one-pocket, you’ll never run out of ways to play. Billiards tables are available in various sizes and styles and can be customized to fit your patio space.

Darts

Another great game with dozens of variations, darts are a fun way to unwind and socialize. With plenty of dart board designs, you won’t have any problems matching it with your backyard. Make sure you mount it on a hard surface to limit holes in case you miss your throw.

Whether you prefer classic games like cornhole and billiards or newer games like spikeball, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So get outside, get active, and enjoy the competition from the comfort of your outdoor living space.

Pull Out Those Green Thumbs. Gardening Season is Almost Here.

February 23, 2023 Outdoor Living

Spring is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about preparing your garden for the warmer months ahead. TCP Custom Outdoor Living understands the importance of a well-maintained garden to complement your outdoor living space, which is why If you’ve recently upgraded your patio or are thinking about doing so, preparing your garden is the perfect next step to creating your outdoor oasis. Here are a few tips on how to get your garden ready for spring:

Clean Up Your Garden

Cold winters can leave your garden looking a little worse for wear, so the first step is to give it a good clean. Start by removing any fallen leaves, branches, and debris from your lawn and flower beds. Clear out any weeds, and trim back any plants that have overgrown.

Start Planning Your Flower Beds

Spring is a great time to start planning your flower beds. First, consider which plants you want to grow and where they’ll thrive best in your garden. Then, consider the colors and textures of the plants and how they’ll complement your patio area.

Prepare Your Soil

A good plant is only as good as its soil. Use a garden fork or tiller to loosen up the dirt and add some organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure. Doing this will help to improve the soil structure and add vital nutrients to your plants.

Plant Spring Bulbs

One of the easiest ways to add color to your garden in the spring is to plant bulbs such as daffodils, crocuses, and tulips. Many garden centers sell pre-grown bulbs ready for planting in the spring.

Install Garden Features

If you’re looking to add some extra features to your backyard, consider installing a water feature, such as a fountain or pond, or creating a seating area for relaxing. These features can help to add interest to your garden and create a calming and peaceful atmosphere.

A well-maintained garden not only makes your outdoor space look more attractive but can also provide a calming and enjoyable space for you to relax in. By following these tips, you can create a beautiful garden that will enhance your patio area and provide a tranquil haven for you to enjoy throughout spring and summer.

Ready to Binge Watch From Your Backyard? Make Sure Your TV is Prepped For Outdoor Viewing.

February 9, 2023 Outdoor Living

If you’re looking to add a little extra entertainment to your patio, an outdoor TV is a great option. But with so many options on the market, it can be tough to know which one to choose. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for an outdoor TV:

What to buy

Although there are TVs made specifically for outdoor use, they’re usually more expensive than their indoor counterparts. A larger TV, around 55+ inches, is best for large gatherings or viewing from a distance.

Optimal Viewing Settings

The biggest challenge to overcome with patio TVs is glare. This can make watching shows or sports in the daytime difficult. Turn up the brightness setting on your TV, and if possible, look for backlight settings that’ll allow the TV to increase its brightness. 

Mounting Options

There are plenty of places to mount your TV for the best viewing experience. A good rule of thumb is mounting your TV lower than you’d expect. This not only eliminates glare but keeps your audience from craning their neck to watch. Swiveling TV mounts can also allow you to move your TV from left to right, depending on the time of day or furniture layout. Motorized mounts will also allow you to move the TV to your liking at the push of a button.

Keep it Covered

Unfortunately, most electronics aren’t able to withstand the elements. Luckily, there are plenty of tarps and covers that will protect your TV from rain or wind when you’re not using it. This will keep your TV in mint condition for years to come.

Ultimately, the best outdoor TV for your patio will depend on your specific needs and budget. Take into consideration the above factors and consider the TV options available. With the right TV, you’ll be enjoying your favorite shows and movies while relaxing on your patio in no time.

Get Your Patio Game Day Ready

February 9, 2023 Outdoor Living

March basketball is on its way, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than with friends and family in the comfort of your backyard. So whether you already have a newer patio or are looking to upgrade, here are a few easy ways to ensure your outdoor living space is ready for hosting any big event.

If your patio is in good condition, simple cleaning and refreshing your furniture can do wonders. Clean your patio with mild detergent and water to remove any grime or dirt. If your furniture is looking worn, consider replacing it with new, comfortable seating options that will make the space feel more inviting.

Next, consider the lighting. Good lighting can make a big difference in your outdoor space’s ambiance and can keep the party going even when the sun goes down. Invest in some outdoor lighting fixtures, such as lanterns or string lights, to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. For more lighting recommendations, check out our blog on patio lighting.

Another vital factor to consider is the grill. If you don’t already have one, invest in a high-quality grill for the best backyard experience. A good grill can make a big difference in the taste and quality of the food you serve. Make sure to stock up on charcoal or propane, and have all of your grilling tools on hand. For more grill recommendations, check out our blog on types of grills, or read our blog on mastering your grill.

Finally, don’t forget about the drinks. Keep your guests hydrated with cold drinks and plenty of ice. If you have a bar area in your patio, consider setting up a drink station with a cooler filled with ice and drinks. It’s also worth considering setting up a bar cart with glasses and mixers for making cocktails. For more recommendations on your outdoor kitchen, check out our blog on outdoor kitchen appliances

In addition to these tips, consider adding some personal touches to your outdoor space to make it feel special and unique. This could include adding some outdoor artwork, potted plants, or even a fire pit for roasting marshmallows.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to host the perfect tournament party in your backyard. No matter which teams you’re rooting for (or if you’re just watching for the commercials), you’ll be sure to have a great time with friends and family on your new and improved patio. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the games!

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